|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Z. Marcas by Honore de Balzac:
and discussed the proceedings of a Court whose wilful ignorance could
find no parallel but in the platitude of the courtiers, the mediocrity
of the men forming the hedge round the newly-restored throne, all
alike devoid of talent or breadth of view, of distinction or learning,
of influence or dignity!
Could there be a higher tribute to the Court of Charles X. than the
present Court, if Court it may be called? What a hatred of the country
may be seen in the naturalization of vulgar foreigners, devoid of
talent, who are enthroned in the Chamber of Peers! What a perversion
of justice! What an insult to the distinguished youth, the ambitions
native to the soil of France! We looked upon these things as upon a
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
"I've been shaken, and I won't bear it!" growled Laurie indignantly.
"Who did it?" demanded Jo.
"Grandfather. If it had been anyone else I'd have..."
And the injured youth finished his sentence by an energetic
gesture of the right arm.
"That's nothing. I often shake you, and you don't mind,"
said Jo soothingly.
"Pooh! You're a girl, and it's fun, but I'll allow no man
to shake me!"
"I don't think anyone would care to try it, if you looked
as much like a thundercloud as you do now. Why were you treated
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson:
from the bonds of gratitude. You know enough, doubtless, of
the process of canonisation to be aware that, a hundred years
after the death of Damien, there will appear a man charged
with the painful office of the DEVIL'S ADVOCATE. After that
noble brother of mine, and of all frail clay, shall have lain
a century at rest, one shall accuse, one defend him. The
circumstance is unusual that the devil's advocate should be a
volunteer, should be a member of a sect immediately rival,
and should make haste to take upon himself his ugly office
ere the bones are cold; unusual, and of a taste which I shall
leave my readers free to qualify; unusual, and to me